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 Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Gary S. Kaplan, MD
Virginia Mason
Chairman and CEO

SEATTLE – (Nov. 7, 2019) — Virginia Mason today received another ‘A’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program, remaining one of the few hospitals in the nation to have earned an ‘A’ in every grading cycle since the program began in 2012.

“Safety is the foundation for quality,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This recognition by Leapfrog affirms that our team is focused on the right work and making a significant difference in the lives of our patients.”

Virginia Mason is one of just 36 hospitals in the United States – and the only hospital in Washington state – to have earned straight A’s from The Leapfrog Group, an independent organization advocating for improvements in health care safety and quality.

“This outstanding achievement shows longstanding commitment to a culture of safety that puts patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “For the people at Virginia Mason, saving lives by preventing accidents, injuries, infections and errors is business as usual, and your community should be proud. We commend the staff, faculty, volunteers, leadership and the board of directors for their never-ending quest for the highest standards of patient safety.”

Leapfrog uses 28 measures of publicly available safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

“As we approach the 100th anniversary of Virginia Mason, I am very proud that our organization is counted among the safest hospitals in America,” Dr. Kaplan added.

Virginia Mason, which opened in November 1920, will commemorate its first century of service to patients and the community during 2020.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other health care purchasers, the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group advocates for giant leaps forward in quality and safety for health care consumers and purchasers. 

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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